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Richard Epstein offers a well-reasoned critique of progressive policy proposals during this year’s campaign season:

“For the past 80 years, the United States has managed to balance the trade-off between innovation and equity without imposing any mortal threat to our social institutions. Not anymore. The progressive agenda, if enacted with full rigor, will create massive economic dislocation that will threaten our democratic institutions to their cores.”

His observations indicate how progressive policy proposals would affect our national economy, and government’s ability to curtail our activities. All these changes affect our relationships with each other.

Thomas Jefferson thought along similar lines:

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.

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